Helping your teenager find a job

Schools out - now to help them find a job!


Unless you own a company or know someone who's looking for help, your teenager will have to find a job on their own. But that's not a bad thing, because they need to learn to stand on their own feet.

Whether its a part-time job whilst they're studying, full time work or an apprenticeship or traineeship, your child needs to learn how to find jobs and how to get hired—but these two things are not always simple!

Here's some tips on how you can help them:
 

  1. Talk to your teenager about having a strategy. They can't fly blind when it comes to their career and it pays to have a plan.
  2. It's the application that will get them an interview so it pays to put some time and effort into their resume and cover letter. Encourage your teenager to use the Skillsroad Resume Builder to create their resume and cover letters.
  3. Employers look for proactive and motivated individuals. If they think Mum or Dad are driving them and can't see motivation from the candidate, they are less likely to employ them. Talk to your teenager about this and ways that they can demonstrate initiative. One way is personally approaching the employer to deliver their resume. Many employers tell us they make their hires from motivated individuals who contact them and personally come in and deliver their resume - they say it's an indication that the teenager has a great attitude and is motivated.
  4. Help your teenager make a list of potential companies they would like to work for, and discuss how they could approach them.
  5. Suggest that your teenager talks to family and friends about any opportunities they can connect them with.
  6. If they are applying for an advertised position, encourage them to follow up with the employer on the phone after they've sent in their resume, to ensure the employer received it. This shows motivation.
  7. Discuss interview techniques with your teenager. They need to be prepared. Help them plan what they will wear to make a great impression, practice answering interview questions with them. The more prepared they are, the more confident they will be. Help them make a list of things they've done which set them apart from others.
  8. Encourage your teenager to read the Interview Tips section in our Students pages on this website.

 

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